WALKING OVER ALMONDS

AN ILLUSTRATED STORY OF OUR SPANISH “ADVENTURE”

Our second visit to Finca Camilla - as it was then - in the winter of 1992. We were accompanied by an architect friend from Seattle and he convinced us to buy the place...
Our second visit to Finca Camilla – as it was then – in the winter of 1992. We were accompanied by an architect friend from Seattle and he convinced us to buy the place…
This was our first full day in our new home. We'd just done a massive shop for basic supplies in a supermarket in our local town and you can see much of it here...
This was our first full day in our new home. We’d just done a massive shop for basic supplies in a supermarket in our local town and you can see much of it here…
Our bedroom for the next few months - the main room of the old cottage. Basic, but snug...
Our bedroom for the next few months – the main room of the old cottage. Basic, but snug…
Aura was a large dog who enjoyed snuggling into small spaces and cuddling up with us. She isn't really on Dido's head...
Aura was a large dog who enjoyed snuggling into small spaces and cuddling up with us. She isn’t really on Dido’s head…
Our trusty bucket shower - three minutes of sun-warmed bliss. Only trouble was that across the gorge, in our local village the Guardia Civil had a pair of high-power binoculars trained on Dido every time she showered. She was soon known as the "la mujer ducha". After that we showered indoors...
Our trusty bucket shower – three minutes of sun-warmed bliss. Only trouble was that across the gorge, in our local village the Guardia Civil had a pair of high-power binoculars trained on Dido every time she showered. She was soon known as the “la rubia ducha”. After that we showered indoors…
I made this oven from stones. One of the first things I cooked in it was chicken stuffed with peaches. It was out of this world but I've never been able to replicate it in any other oven...
I made this oven from stones. One of the first things I cooked in it was chicken stuffed with peaches. It was out of this world but I’ve never been able to replicate it in any other oven…
Our "deluxe" camping stove. This was the first time I used it . I had no idea that I would still be using it almost a year later...
Our “deluxe” camping stove. This was the first time I used it . I had no idea that I would still be using it almost a year later…
Good food, good wine, good music, and a view to die for (oh, and good woman - taking the photo). Life was good...
Good food, good wine, good music, and a view to die for (oh, and a good woman – taking the photo). Life was good…
Our "lounge"...
Our “lounge”…
Almond whacking - the finca included over a hundred almond trees. Took two months to pick, hull (remove the outer skins), sort and sack up all the fruit...
Almond whacking – the finca included over a hundred almond trees. Took two months to pick, hull (remove the outer skins), sort and sack up all the fruit…
...then we'd take the fruit down to the local factory where we were paid the princely sum of £60 for over 500 kilos of fruit...
…then we’d take the fruit down to the local factory where we were paid the princely sum of £60 for over 500 kilos of fruit…
We couldn't believe the sheer volume of almond skins. Ultimately we dug a trench for them...
We couldn’t believe the sheer volume of almond skins. Ultimately we dug a trench for them…
Some of our first summer's harvest - small cherry figs, moscatel grape and almonds...
Some of our first summer’s harvest – small cherry figs, moscatel grape and almonds…
Dido and Aura sitting at the back of the cottage looking at the stupendous views to the north and west...
Dido and Aura sitting at the back of the cottage looking at the stupendous views to the north and west…
Our local white village (or pueblos blanco), Canillas de Aceituno - famous for producing the King's favourite olive oil...
Our local white village (or pueblo blanco), Canillas de Aceituno – famous for producing the King’s favourite olive oil…
Our neighbour Curro plowing our land with his mule...
Our neighbour Curro plowing our land with his mule…
Aura doing her thing - guarding the Greens...
Aura doing her thing – guarding the Greens. A few years later after she died, we memorialized her on our wine label as “La Guardia Blanca”